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Text: Edgar Allan Poe, "James Lawson," from Literary America, 1848, manuscript

[page 93, continued:]

James Lawson.

Mr Lawson has published, I believe, only "Giordano" a tragedy, and two volumes entitled "Tales and Sketches by a Cosmopolite." The former was condemned (to use a gentle word) some years ago at the Part theatre; and never was condemnation more religiously deserved. The latter are in so much more tolerable than the former that they contain one non-execrable thing — "The Dapper Gentleman's Story" — in manner, as in title, an imitation of one of Irving's "Tales of a Traveller."

I mention Mr L., however, not on account of his literary labors, but because, although a Scotchman, he has always professed to have greatly at heart the welfare of American letters. He is much in the society of authors and booksellers, converses fluently, tells a good story, is of social habits, and, with no taste whatever, is quite enthusiastic on all topics appertaining to Taste.


This text begins on the last page of the manuscript about Henry Cary.

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